Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review: The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

Hi all,

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman first caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. And from there – it only got better. I enjoyed this heartwarming story of three generations of women in the same family. So here is more about his novel and my five-star review.

The Charm Bracelet

Viola Shipman
Book Description:

Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.

On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.

Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories.

But when Arden, Lolly’s daughter, receives an unexpected phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Lauren rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden, and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith.

A compelling story of three women and a beautiful reminder of the preciousness of family, Viola Shipman's The Charm Bracelet is a keepsake you’ll cherish long after the final page.

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My Five Star Review:

Lolly is a happy-go-lucky, show-stopping kind of gal who loves being the center of attention and putting on a show. But at the age of seventy, she is becoming forgetful and her no-nonsense daughter, Arden, fears she is in need of help. With the aid of her college-age daughter, Lauren, Arden heads home to check on her mother. As the three spend time together, memories of the past rise up, all spurred by the charms of Lolly’s beloved charm bracelet.

The Charm Bracelet is a lovely story of family ties, reconnecting, and accepting the past in order to move on in the future. These three very different women spend time together, each learning to accept the other for who they are, and accept their own flaws and traits that make each of them unique. It’s an endearing story that readers are sure to relate to and cherish.


(I received a copy of The Charm Bracelet from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)


About the Author:

THE CHARM BRACELET is a tribute to my beloved grandmothers - as well as all our elders - whose stories and lessons helped shape us and make us the people we are.

It was through the charms on my grandmothers' bracelets that I got to know my grandmothers not just as my grandmas but as incredible women who lived extraordinary lives filled beauty, hope and tragedy. They taught me that the simplest things in life - family, friends, faith, fun, love and a passion for life and what you do - are truly the grandest gifts.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second "heirloom novel," which will be published in 2017.

This is a definite summer beach must-read!


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